The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) has appointed Cynthia Dinkins to serve as its new President and CEO.

Prior to this role, Dinkins served as a principal consultant with InnovationWorks, a technology and management firm. Dinkins led the company’s growth and infrastructure development in Washington, D.C., brokering key partnerships with high profile businesses, such as the Smithsonian Channel.

Prior to her position at InnovationWorks, Dinkins sat at the helm of
several leading foundations, including the Sheila C. Johnson
Foundation and the Washington Mystics Foundation, where she
established multi-million dollar grant relationships with high-impact
non-profits like CARE, VH1 Save the Music, the United Negro College
Fund and the Christopher Reeves Foundation.

“In searching for a new CEO, we sought someone who can take our
programming to the next level of impact and sustainability,”
Angela Moody, chair of NOVAUL’s board of directors said in a statement. “Ms. Dinkins’proven ability to build partnerships with the business and civic
communities coupled with her day-to-day management experience and
visionary leadership is what made her the right choice for this
position, and we are thrilled to welcome her.”

Now in its 22nd year, NOVAUL provides education, youth development,
economic empowerment, and health care services to African Americans
and other underserved communities in Northern Virginia. As the new
President and CEO, Dinkins will oversee the direction of NOVAUL’s
programming and work extensively with partners in the corporate and
civic sectors.

“I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve as the next
President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League,”
Dinkins said in a statement. “I look forward to building upon and expanding the great work that NOVAUL already provides the Northern Virginia community.”

Atop Dinkins’ program priorities is raising NOVAUL’s profile as a
leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education
for African American and other minority youth. Over the past two
years, NOVAUL has ramped up its STEM programming, which includes its
after-school math and science academy.

“Succeeding in the 21st century economy requires knowing how to
navigate the fast-changing world of technology and communications,”
Dinkins said in a statement. “It is my goal to help NOVAUL become the leading voice to promote STEM learning among African Americans and other communities of color to ensure that our children are prepared to excel at the
highest levels.”